AIFF Media Team
NEW DELHI: Indian U-16 Men's Team head coach Ishfaq Ahmed named a 23-member squad for the SAFF U-16 Championship to be played in Thimphu, Bhutan from September 1-10, 2023.
The Blue Colts are placed in Group A of the tournament alongside Nepal and Bangladesh. Hosts Bhutan, Maldives, and Pakistan make up Group B. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals.
The training camp began in Srinagar in July with over 50 probables picked up after extensive scouting in five zones across the country – East, West, North, South, and North-east. The final list of 23 was chosen by Ahmed after over a month of training in Srinagar.
India's squad for the SAFF U16 Championship 2023:
Goalkeepers: Rohit, Aheibam Suraj Singh, Arush Hari.
Defenders: Ngariyambam Abhijit, Mohammed Kaif, Yaipharemba Chingakham, Usham Thoungamba, Vumlenlal Hangshing, Chingtham Renin Singh, Karish Soram.
Midfielders: Newton Singh, Kangujam Yoihenba Meitei, Levis Zangminlun, Bobby Singh, Abdul Salha, Ngamgouhou Mate, Vishal Yadav, Manbhakupar Malngiang, Md Arbash.
Forwards: Ningthoukhongjam Rishi Singh, Ahongshangbam Samson, Lairenjam Bharat, Airborlang Kharthangmaw.
Coach: Ishfaq Ahmed.